Recent Stories on Sparks

November 24, 2015

Kelly is a member of the College Advising Corps at Brown, an AmeriCorps program focused on strengthening college access in underserved communities through near-peer advising. Each year, recent grads are placed throughout Rhode Island's public high schools to serve as full-time advisers. She was born and raised in Rhode Island and is honored to return to her community to serve at her former high school. 

Kelly Vieira
November 16, 2015

Ari is currently thinking about how to effectively work in and relate to communities that are not his own. He is a Community Fellow for Winter Break Projects and plans to double concentrate in History and Portuguese & Brazilian Studies.

Ari Snider '18
November 10, 2015

Professor Sarah Besky is alternately described as a “goddess” (by her students), as “a thorn in corporations’ sides” (by herself) and as an anthropologist (by the rest of the world). 

She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown and author of The Darjeeling Distinction, an ethnographic study of the lives of tea plantation workers in India. Here is an anthropological look at her journey from coastal Connecticut to lush Nepal and back to Providence.

Saanya Jain '19, Storyteller for Good
November 3, 2015

Olivia’s commitment to Swearer runs deep. She helps lead and coordinate Rhode Island Urban Debate League (RIUDL), which empowers local high school students to project their voices through debate, and increases their college readiness and academic success (see her wonderful story on RIDUL here).

Recently, she has been grappling with how to make the Swearer Center more inclusive of students of color. It’s a crucial conversation for all public service centers - and universities in general - and I wanted to know her process.

Isabel DeBre '18, Storyteller for Good
November 2, 2015
The Power in Sharing Stories, Art, and Meals
“We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it's never a question of 'critical mass.' It's always about critical connections.” - Grace Lee Boggs
Sarah Day is interested in how scholar-researcher-activists can interrogate their positionality when conducting research or engaging in community outreach. She's currently completing her Masters of Arts in Teaching for History and Social Studies and working as the Assistant for the Engaged Scholars Program
Sarah Day Dayon '15 MAT '16
October 29, 2015
Climate Change Close to Home

Kai believes in the power of community to create climate resilience. She worked with Clean Water Action this summer as an iProv intern and TRI-Lab student to develop green infrastructure in the West End of Providence. 

Kai Salem '18
October 29, 2015

Sierra Ed '18, Kara Roanhorse '18, and Phoebe Young '17 organized the Indigenous People’s Demonstration on Columbus Day, a protest centered around a petition to have Brown change the name of the holiday, currently known as Fall Weekend, to Indigenous People’s Day. They also held a “die-in” on the Friday before Columbus Day, in which students lay down silently for 52 minutes and 30 seconds to represent the 523 years of indigenous oppression since 1492. 

Sierra and Kara are Navajo and Phoebe is Ojibwe. They spoke with me about their motivation for the protest, their transitions to college, and their identities as Native Americans.

Jack Brook '19, Storyteller for Good
October 28, 2015
“Students should be, or I'd even say have the right to be, engaged in meaningful work."
Swearer Center
October 26, 2015
"Probably every single day, you know you wonder, 'Why am I here? Am I here because I'm voyeuristic or am I here because I'm altruistic?'"
Swearer Center
October 14, 2015
"Rugby is one of those tools that helps you see that you can do something that you either were told, or for some reason believed, you couldn't do before as a woman."
Swearer Center
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